Lord Elgin was a dick. That’s the British guy that showed up at the Acropolis in the late 1800’s with some hammers and chisels and started stealing bits of the Parthenon to take back to Britain.
To decorate his house.
Nowadays those artifacts are in the British Museum. Despite the beautiful new Parthenon Museum that’s been built in Athens to safely house them the British government still refuses to return the pieces. Great work, Britain.
Despite Elgin, the Parthenon is still pretty freakin incredible. Far bigger than I expected and apparently very sturdy considering the giant explosion only knocked down one side of it. It’s difficult for me to wrap my head around how long ago it was built and how they achieved it. Amazing.